Fire inspectors check multifamily and commercial buildings every other year, ensuring there are working sprinklers, alarms and other provisions that prevent fires. Multifamily buildings lacking fire alarm or fire sprinkler systems are inspected annually. To support the fire inspection program, annual fire inspection fees will be charged starting in 2020.
The fees will start at $180 for buildings larger than 1,000 square feet and multifamily complexes, with the precise fee depending on the square footage and complexity of the building.
In December 2018 the City Council approved an ordinance that established the fire inspection fees to ensure recovery of the costs associated with the inspection program. To ensure a smooth transition to the fee implementation, we will work with building owners and managers throughout 2019 to answer any questions you may have and to collect building and tenant information.
Please refer to the information below. If you have further questions, please send them to Fire_Prevention@bellevuewa.gov or call 425-452-6874.